19 Dec 2017

BAE Systems win Joint Support Solution 2 programme contract

The Ministry of Defence’s Maritime Combat Systems has awarded a contract to BAE Systems for the Joint Support Solution 2 (JSS 2) programme that will ensure the combat management systems, tactical networks and shared infrastructures aboard 38 Royal Navy platforms will remain available, coherent, safe and secure.

The JSS 2 programme will maintain high levels of equipment availability, overcome obsolescence, and improve combat systems reliability and flexibility, building on the success of the original Joint Support Solution (JSS) contract signed in 2010.

JSS supported essential combat systems through a dedicated ship support team providing repairs, technology refreshes and spare parts for the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates, landing platform dock and HMS OCEAN, the RFA ARGUS, and Mine Counter Measure Vessels.  JSS 2 extends the support model to deliver the same benefits to the Type 45 destroyers and the Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carriers.

The JSS 2 contract falls within the Common Support Model, which will provide a framework for comprehensive support across the entire Royal Navy fleet of warships for decades to come in one new overarching arrangement.

Richard Williams, BAE Systems Naval Ships Combat Systems Director, said: “The Joint Support Solution contract delivered high levels of combat systems availability to the Royal Navy’s fleet and provided the Ministry of Defence’s Maritime Combat Systems team with specialist support.

“The new JSS 2 contract builds on that pedigree, for more platforms and equipment, and drives greater value from MOD’s investment in the Type 26 Global Combat Ship to achieve fleet-wide combat systems benefit and the Defence Equipment & Support Agency’s Combat Systems Coherence Strategy.”

The JSS 2 contract is worth around £200 million and will run until the end of March 2024. Nearly £50 million will be invested into 27 core suppliers across the UK, including 14 SMEs, for hardware, software and logistical support.

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